i m not a huge dire straits fan but...

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so dire straights isn t exactly in my wheel house.. even though one of my best mates in high school got the 1985 album 'bothers in arms' on LP and i copied it on cassette... i m more of a 90 s fugazi, built to spill, pixies, pavement, sonic youth kinda generation listener.... add a large portion aussie scientists, saints, radio birdman 70 / 80 s stuff...

but i ll be dammed if the song 'brother in arms' from dire straits doesn t just get me... heard it on the radio tonight... perfect

mark knopfler is awesome... like they say, i guess music takes you back...
 

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He has been my guitar idol for the past 40 years...such an amazing talent yet humble.

Unfortunately, trying to learn any of his songs ends in failure unless you can mimic his picking style....which I can't.

I actually play "Song for Sonny Liston" on my mail route most days when I find myself slowing down. That song can get you into a fast walk quite easily.
 

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It was the Making Movies album that got me started late '81/early '82 at a time when post-punk was all over the airwaves and gig scene where I lived.
I'd came from a punk background and it was probably the un-coolest band (old guys) to have ever listened to as a 15y/o (when that stuff seems to matter), but I had my first strat and they were great songs for a first attempt at bedroom lead guitar. I ended up buying their first album and Communique (their best album IMHO) within weeks.

I've got a whole lot to thank Dire Straits for but most of all they marked the point where I stopped caring what my peers thought.

Also a few years ago I discovered I was born in the same room of a small maternity unit in Glasgow where Mark Knopfler was born. Which kind of made that transition into independent mindedness all the more special.

My favourite: Single Handed Sailor
 

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Best guitar playing on an electric I've ever heard in 55 years of playing. Sultans of Swing made me throw away my picks , sell my 73 telecaster for a Strat. Anyone who can keep up with Chet has got to be good and MK is a lefty.
I was lucky enough to see that tour he did with Chet, and in a small theater too. It was amazing, to say the least
 

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"Sultans" didn't really impress me. good song but the guitar bits are every "trained monkey" lick of the day. well done mind you but still... kina trite. what did impress me was Brother's in Arms. good stuff there. then later, I ran into a list of Knophler's accomplishments. wow... he scored movies, produced albums for numerous heavyweights like Dylan and Tina Turner. you know he wrote Private Dancer? look it up.. endless studio work, etc. all kina in the background, but yeah.... he's a dedicated musician with tons of talent
 

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It was the Making Movies album that got me started late '81/early '82 at a time when post-punk was all over the airwaves and gig scene where I lived.
I'd came from a punk background and it was probably the un-coolest band (old guys) to have ever listened to as a 15y/o (when that stuff seems to matter), but I had my first strat and they were great songs for a first attempt at bedroom lead guitar. I ended up buying their first album and Communique (their best album IMHO) within weeks.

I've got a whole lot to thank Dire Straits for but most of all they marked the point where I stopped caring what my peers thought.

Also a few years ago I discovered I was born in the same room of a small maternity unit in Glasgow where Mark Knopfler was born. Which kind of made that transition into independent mindedness all the more special.

My favourite: Single Handed Sailor
You’re a true DS fan. Cool story about where you were born!
My favorite DS album is Making Movies...
When I learned later that Knopfler is primarily a finger-style player, that cemented him as my favorite guitarist. The sounds he gets...
 

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People keep citing "Sultans of swing" as their magnum opus but in my opinion it's THIS one where Mark pushed it up a notch.


It's funny, I have this old music mag where one reviewer said about this album and "Communique" that it "Confirmed his suspicions" that Dire Straits were a one trick pony who would make the same album over and over.

And I was going "Dude, did you even LISTEN to the song?" Yes, "Sultans" and "Lady writer" have a similar beat but "Lady writer" is a much more interesting song structure-wise, with musical curveballs and Mark's more fluid runs.
 

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so dire straights isn t exactly in my wheel house.. even though one of my best mates in high school got the 1985 album 'bothers in arms' on LP and i copied it on cassette... i m more of a 90 s fugazi, built to spill, pixies, pavement, sonic youth kinda generation listener.... add a large portion aussie scientists, saints, radio birdman 70 / 80 s stuff...

but i ll be dammed if the song 'brother in arms' from dire straits doesn t just get me... heard it on the radio tonight... perfect

mark knopfler is awesome... like they say, i guess music takes you back...
Unless you were there at the time, many people don't realize what a revelation Dire Straits were in escorting popular music out of the disco doldrums of the late seventies. It doesn't include Brothers in Arms or other "later" gems, but the Live Alchemy record and video are among my favorites of all time. And, as @Winky mentioned, the Local Hero soundtrack helps "make" an outstanding film even better. ;)
 
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I love almost all of the album Brothers in Arms (I may be in the minority, but I hate "Walk of Life"). And I love that it is so varied.

I think On Every Street is greatly underappreciated. It also has the variety like BiA, maybe even moreso.

I also recommend checking out the Notting Hillbillies album.

 




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